F for Faith (I)

This is a big one,it’s a book in itself.

Great things have happened because of faith and conversely great things too have been lost because of the lack of it.From the old,into the new to the present time.

My life personally changed for the better when I got an understanding and began to operate all aspects of my life in faith

I would go as far as putting faith to be the most important thing after salvation.

If you don’t have faith (better way of putting it should be if you have lost your faith) you may as well give up because nothing operates with In the kingdom of God absent faith.

In order to do faith justice the chapter must be broken into parts covering:-

  • What is it?
  • Who has it?
  • When is it?
  • Where is it?
  • Who is it in?
  • What does it do?
  • How does it work?
  • How does it come to us?
  • What hinders/strengths it?
  • How can it be developed?
  • What are the dangers of not having it?
  • Why must we have it?
  • Why is it so important?
  • What is proving your faith?
  • What are works of faith
  • It is use it or lose it?

Let’s get into this am excited.So faith,What is it ? Who has it? When is it? Where is it? What does it do?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

According to Hebrews 11 v 1,much can be extrapolated from this passage of scripture.

  1. Faith is the materialisation which gives tangibility to the things we hope for/expecting to recieve from God.
  2. Faith is the proof of the unseen thing we are hoping for (that thing which we cannot yet feel, see, touch, taste or smell and hear,but we know it’s comin in our spirit)
  3. So faith then is acting as if Gods word is true when there is no evidence/proof.Having faith is the proof you need.
  4. Faith is also then acting as if all needs/expectations are met through God,even though they haven’t come to pass yet.
  5. Faith is then also taking corresponding actions in obedience to the word of God.
  6. Faith is also then by extension believing/having the ability to believe the word of God unconditionally inspite of the surroundings.

In His letter to the Romans Paul wrote;

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith

I like this translation better KJV Rom 12v3. Other translations water down the words in my opinion.The latter part of the verse “the measure of faith” is put as “a measure of faith” which was a confunsing point for me because I thought we are given different measures of faith.So then the bishop has more faith surely.Wrong “the measure” to me means a one quantity,amount,quality,volume in other words “equal measure of  faith”

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Paul further writes to the Ephians in 2 v 8  that the grace of God awarded us salvation and through faith which we were able to obtain this salvation.But it was a gift to all mankind for he so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.

Question then; did God offer more salvation to one man and less to the other? Are you then more saved than the next woman?

I find the notion ludacris,it would be inconsistent with the character of father God since he is not a respector of persons,the day you got saved you got all the faith you will ever need.How effective it is,how you develop it,what you use it for,how you exercise it, is matter up to you individually.

Hence there are difference people with different kinds of faith individually; strong faith, weak faith,little faith,no faith,mature faith……all these down to the persons described.

When is it?…..now faith is………….present tense.Now, this very moment,currently.See even if we remove the “now” we still have “faith is…” Not “faith was” past tense,or “faith will be” future tense.I therefore submit to you that faith is now present time.

As creatures bound by time we forget that God is not subject by and to time.

Still not convinced? Look at what Jesus said

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The gospel according to Mark in 11 v 24,I wanted to take  the when. Jesus says  whatever you want,when you pray(present tense;not when you have finished praying) believe that you have them and they are yours.

  • When do you pray =now
  • When do you believe =now
  • When is now =present =now 

Christ never said “believe you shall recieve them” =future tense or “believe you had recieved them” past tense,he said “believe you have them” present tense.

Therefore faith is ….now 

Faith is in you and faith is you and faith is a part of you

To understand this part you will need to understand the nature of  God,creation and the holy trinity. 

  1. God the father is the creator 
  2. The Holy Spirit is the guide
  3. Jesus the son is the messiah

Now, three parts,One God,different functions the same Being/diety. Allow me to give an example ;a Man  can be a brother,the same man can be a son and he can also be a husband.

A man was created in Gods image

  1. Spirit ;the real you
  2. Body; the flesh of clay 
  3. Soul ;the mind,the will,the intellect,the emotions.

When you got born again the only part that was replaced was the spirit.Thats the only perfect part of you.The Body and soul remiss corrupt.

So the spirit is you,the soul is in you and the flesh is apart of you.

But our faith rests in him.


E is for Expectations 

Whether it’s hoping that a child does well in school,a promotion at work for our hard work,the train to pull in on time,traffic to be good,rainfall or snow or whether that he will pick his socks up off the floor…….what ever it maybe we all  have them……Expectations.

As most things go expections can be bad or good.

There is  always a way to have your expectations met positively as long as you follow the method father God provided.

I have found that following these steps am about to share with you,one can have all thier expections/needs met.And I am yet to be disappointed.

Bear one thing in mind though,these are Godly principles that are/should be consistent with a Godly way of living ie does God/would God approve?

1-Recognise your source 

 My soul, wait thou only upon God;

for my expectation is from him. Ps 62 v 5

There is need to recognise where your expectations come from.This then cuts both ways.Be in check to see who gives you the idea,the thought,the desire,the hope of the expection and on the other recognise who is it that will provide the means and method for that expectation to come to pass.

I say this because for a long time I confunsed the channel that God used to provide things through to me as my source.Allow me to explain,say when one needs to pay some bills or wish to purchase something,one needs money that is the medium of exchange in the world system.One then tends to look at his Job,business,loan,mum,dad,wife,husband etc etc as a source of the money needed to fulfill said need.

The trouble with this thought process is that if that “source” dries up one is left helpless and hopeless.Jobs end,businesses close down,relationships breakdown and loans are denied.

However if you know God as your source the Jehovah jireh who provides then you know he never dries up and never closes for business.He will provide through different channels and can use anything or anyone to meet your expectation.

When one knows this truth that God is my source then one never panicks neither do they lose hope when a job ends or a loan is denied or when it looks like things won’t end up well.One knows that if God is my source then am going to be alright.

Important to know the difference between the source and a channel,in case it’s not clear yet; God is the source. The job,the business,the people that help out are mere channels.

In oil production there is a well somewhere(source)and they build a pipeline(channel) to get the oil from P to Q.Similary there is gas underground but in winter to heat up our homes pipelines are built to deliver the gas for heating safely into our homes,the pipes are just a delivery system the gas reserves are elsewhere.When and if the pipeline breaks down other arrangements can be made to deliver the gas to you,if however the gas reserves (source) is depleted then you are in trouble.

2-Test/Measure your Expection

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness:

but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.Prov 10 v 28 

Wickedness can simply be defined as knowing what the right thing to do in a any given situation is, and you then choosing to do the opposite.

Granted at times we may want wrong things with a right motive or ask for wrong things in ignorance,but God never blesses dis function.

This step is vital because we need to test our expactions.Its amazing the things we hope for; we need that apartment and are just hoping the occupant gets evicted,we need that man so are we praying the wife dies so we can get with him.Little things that normally would go unchecked,victimless crimes if you will which we justify by saying “am not hurting anybody after all”.

To cut it short,test your expection,what does God’s word say about it?Does he approve?An easier question would be;

Is my expection consistent with a godly way of living? 

3-Gain confidence of entitlement of your expectation 

A sense of entitlement that something belongs to you and the confidence of it are two entirely different matters.You have to be sure what you want is yours and was promised to you by God.

You do this by finding the scripture that whatever it is you seek is covered in.An illustration,when I got tired of living a defeated life I knew there had to a better life than the one I had.Because of what I was taught in church before and what I heard others preach,I went on about in my life with worry,anxiety,sickness,living in lack basically and I just this is life,what you gonna do?

It wasn’t until I got into the word and the Holy Spirit revealed what dominion and inheritance is due to me through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Promises of God are alive and effective today just as they were in the old,but you have to know they are meant for you personally otherwise the enemy will snatch that knowledge from you if you let him.Then you will suffer for people do suffer for the lack of knowledge.

The word is alive today,find it as it applies to your expection and then own the word.

4-Hope for your expection

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for .………….Heb 11 v 1

Why is hope then so important.Easy without hope your faith has nothing to connect to,and nothing works or comes to manifestation without faith.

Without faith it is impossible to please God,without faith the game is over,the just shall live by faith it’s a lifestyle,we walk by faith not by the senses/sight/sounds/feelings(circumstances, what it looks like it will be).

We must have hope and maintain this hope for it also shows confidence in the God in whom we hold such hope for.He who comes to God must come so with the knowledge that he (God)is just and a rewarder to those that seek him.

Paul wrote in Romans 8 v 24-25 that

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

I want to borrow from the latter part,we must be patient in holding on to our hope.We are creatures of time yes but we must remember the principles of time.And waiting is a part of it from sowing to harvest a element is involved.If your expection is a baby and you are a man then it begs reason that you must find a woman first then marry her then wait at least 9 months for baby to come.In the natural at least in Gods way.A time element is involved.Now that’s not to say God is limited by time,he works miracles but in most cases I have found from my point of asking and gaining my expectation to the point when it comes to fruition,waiting was involved not always but often enough.

The bible uses patience,long suffering,perseverance synonymously.Life is a journey, more like a marathon not a split,marathon runners patiently and succesfully pace themselves and wait for the opportune moment .

5-Stand for your expectation 

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6 v 11

This last step is where most of us drop the ball.I thought spiritual warfare was about fighting the devil and his demons till I learned it is for defense.

This is what I never understood,God through Jesus has already given me whatever,everything,all things that I will ever need in this life.The mandate of the enemy is to kill steal and destroy,what though?he is here to steal kill and destroy the finished works of Jesus in our lives.That means health,peace,joy,love,…………….

Notice the verse says STAND,not get up,so this would suggest to me that you are already in an upright position.All you are doing is maintaing your rightful given position.

But  STAND in the way it’s taught

  • The helmet of salvation;for you are saved by grace not works (nothing you did,save accept Jesus Christ )
  • Breastplate of righteousness;vest that protects your heart,emotions when u are facing opposition as you STAND
  • Shield of faith to cover you when the enemy throws those darts of doubt,unbelief,hopelessness 
  • Sword of the spirit ;the word of God read your bible meditate on his word 
  • Guirt up your loins with truth;Jesus the way the truth the life,bring Jesus with you.
  • Gospel of peace on your feet;not this ministry of death and condemnation,hellfire and brimstone but of the good news gospel of love and grace and the kingdom.  

Having done all and guarded your expectation believe God and watch it manifest.